Professor Peter Laufer at the University of Oregon just released a book on the subject, "The Elusive State of Jefferson."
Laufer said the 51st state will always be a pipe dream - but one some genuinely believe in.
"There are plenty of people I've talked with throughout the region both in Oregon and California who insist it's not just a possibility, it's going to happen," Laufer said. "It's only a matter of time."
Chris Wright visits the State of Jefferson #LiveOnKVAL at 6 p.m. Tuesday, November 26.